When you go for dinner with friends who declare that they’ve recently bought a plane, you know you’re hanging in the right circles. This past Saturday, said friends invited me to join them for lunch…in France…#standard.
Who are these said friends with a plane I hear you ask? I met Andrew Dunning about 5 years ago professionally – he co-runs APD Interiors, a London-based design and build practice, with his fiancé (also called Andrew and lovingly referred to as Mr H) and at the time, he also blogged about the world of interiors. It didn’t take long for us to bond and we’ve been pals ever since. We were joined by Sam aka Fishcakes. We all work in the same industry and go for dinner each month for a good gossip and wine…lots of wine.
Not going to lie, I was petrified – I’ve never been in a plane that small and my stomach was in knots. I had had a freaky dream the previous week that had spooked me; we were flying across the Channel and a bird flew in to the engine, forcing us to make an emergency landing. We obvs wanted to avoid landing on water so Andrew’s expert piloting skills landed us on a P&O ferry. (Not sure if I was more nervous about the idea of crashing or having to be on a P&O ferry to be honest!)
It only took about 45mins to get over to Le Touquet. We took a taxi in to town by a very chirpy driver and went for lunch at a place Andrew picked out, Koté Pêche – a 20 Euros set menu! 20 Euros!!!! Bargainous. We had a mooch up to the beach and a quick flit around town before heading back to the hit the skies before it got dark.
Flying back over the London sunset was pretty epic.
It was one of my favourite Saturday’s in a long time – great experience, damn good company and lots of laughs. It doesn’t get much better than that! A huge thank you to Andrew & Andrew for inviting me.